Minneapolis is the hardest city to hack

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Minneapolis knows computers.
Buried deep in their hard drives, Minneapolis residents have something to hide.

Okay, either that, or we're rather internet-savvy.

A new study from the AVG Technologies found that Minneapolis is the least likely American city to get "duped" online. The study looked at practices like backing up data, using password protection, and running virus scans, and ranked 35 big cities across the U.S. based on its survey.

Minneapolis, by the survey, is the least likely city to get duped, beating out tech-heavy cities like San Francisco, and even topping the ultimate streetwise, suspicious Americans in New York City.


The study relied on a nationwide survey of 8,000 people with internet access, which found some pretty damning results about general online usage. The worst offenses come on mobile internet devices, which 40 percent of respondents don't even protect with a password.

On PCs, it doesn't get much better, with 38 percent of those surveyed sharing an online password with at least one other person, and 41 percent never manually running a virus scan.

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For the worst internet security -- well, San Antonio might as well be handing out copies of its credit cards. They came in as the No. 1 city at risk of being "digitally duped," followed by Tampa, Atlanta, and Dallas.

The kinds of cities Minneapolis usually competes with in these "most hip" rankings fall somewhere near the middle in this one: Portland (12), Seattle (18), Boston (22) and Austin, Texas, which ranked 26, all have some work to do in protecting their online identity.

To get the No. 35, or "least likely" duped spot, Minneapolis beat-out an interesting collection of cities: Nashville, Miami and Cincinnati all made the top five for internet security -- though most Cincinnati residents are probably just paranoid someone will steal their chili recipe.

New York City finished second to Minneapolis, a pretty big surprise given all those super-rich Wall Street types who actually have enough in the bank to worry about.  Surely, NYC residents took a serious knock in this survey because so many of them have had the same password for years: "minneapolisenvy."

We win again.


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bsa
bsa

Well, if you say so.  I formerly lived in Minnesota and people from there are constantly sending me dire warnings about some virus that is not only going to destroy my computer but kill everyone on the block as well.  Some of these things were started years ago as pranks, but Minnesotans still spam them out as soon as they receive them.  So I guess if you are that paranoid maybe you ARE hard to hack.

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7 2011 at 1:06 PM A new study from the AVG Technologies found that Minneapolis is the least likely American city to get "duped" online. .

HImakingpaper
HImakingpaper

thanks for mentioning passwords on smart phones.  I didn't know I should have set one up!

Udipta
Udipta

Well that's another reason why Minneapolis is a lovely city to be in..

techNO
techNO

Poster "Joe" summed up Minnesota in three sentences! EXCELLENT!

It's great to see the egotistical attitudes haven't changed a bit! I left MN a while back and have no intention of returning. It is nothing more than a toilet bowl mixture of PBR puke and cheese turds!

Minnesota is washed up and worn out.

The truth is no matter how hard your backwards state tries to be progressive, the more metropolitan America laughs at you! Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but your state will only be as good as the people who live there.

Keep trying. Perhaps one day, NEXT CENTURY!

Joe
Joe

I chalk it up to the fact that we're all private curmudgeons in MN.  We're all friendly until you try to get up in our business.  Granted that doesn't stop us from prying into *your* business.

LuLu
LuLu

not being rude or anything but u know it said Minneapolis and not Minnesota right?

techNoisafaggot
techNoisafaggot

I'm gonna guess that you were molested as a child. FUCKKKK YOU!!!!!!!!!!

MN
MN

@8033a83616d7162da2973b32ccb97b81:disqus, I agree with at least part of your comment "your state will only be as good as the people who live there." Thank you for leaving and making Minnesota a better place to live!

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